McPherson, James Birdseye

Life Span
Full name
James Birdseye McPherson
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Death Date Certainty
Sectional choice
Free State
John Bell Hood, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield
West Point (US Military Academy)
Relation to Slavery
White non-slaveholder
Church or Religious Denomination
US military (Pre-Civil War)
Union Army
Date Event
In Mississippi, Grant's advance on Vicksburg continues with victory at the Battle of Raymond
Grant's Union Army captures Jackson, the state capital of Mississippi
In Mississippi, the Army of the Tennessee wins a pivotal battle at Champion Hill and moves on to Vicksburg
Union forces withdraw from the Mississippi state capital of Jackson after inflicting heavy damage
On the Mississippi, the Union's Army of the Tennessee completely surrounds Vicksburg
The Union's Army of the Tennessee attempts the storming of Vicksburg but is beaten back
Second Union attempt to take Vicksburg by infantry assault ends in bloody failure with 500 dead
Twenty-nine year old Union Brigade commander George Boomer dies at the head of his troops
After twice failing to storm the city, Union General Grant orders a siege at Vicksburg, Mississippi
- In Mississippi, the Siege of Vicksburg continues
General Ulysses S. Grant fires his troublesome and ambitious subordinate, James A. McClernand
At Vicksburg, a large mine is exploded under defenses but an attempt at a Union breakthrough fails
In Georgia, Sherman's direct assault on Confederate positions on Kennesaw Mountain fails with heavy losses
At the Battle of Atlanta, the Union's Army of the Tennessee defeats Confederate attempts to defend the city
General James McPherson, commanding the Union's Army of the Tennessee, is killed at the Battle of Atlanta
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